Diversity Summit Co-Chair
Floyd J. LeBlanc
Floyd J. LeBlanc is vice president of Public Affairs and Communications for CenterPoint Energy, a domestic energy delivery company headquartered in Houston, Texas, that includes electric transmission and distribution, natural gas distribution and energy services operations. With more than 7,400 employees, the company serves more than five million metered customers, primarily in Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas.
Floyd is responsible for all internal communications, financial and media communications, and community relations efforts, such as corporate philanthropy, educational outreach and the employee volunteer program. In this role, he also manages local relations efforts with the city of Houston and Harris County. He began his career with the company in 1982. In addition to his corporate role, Floyd has spent nearly half of his career in staff and leadership roles in electric operations.
He is a graduate of Kansas State University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.
Floyd and his wife Deborah are members of Windsor Village UMC, where he is a member of the prayer ministry. He is a native of Baton Rouge, La., and has a son, a daughter and five grandchildren.
Y. Ping Sun
Y. Ping Sun came to Houston from New York City in 2004, when her husband David W. Leebron became Rice University's seventh president. A native of Shanghai, China, Ping attended Tianjin Foreign Languages School and Beijing Languages and Culture University. She received a full scholarship to Princeton University, where she graduatedcum laude with an AB degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. She received a law degree from Columbia University School of Law, where she served as an editor of the Journal of Transnational Law. After graduation, Ping practiced law in the New York offices of White & Case LLP and Sidley Austin Brown & Wood LLP, where her practice focused on corporate and cross border issues. In Houston, Ping is of counsel with the law firm of Yetter Coleman LLP, a boutique litigation firm in Houston.
As University Representative, Ping is fully engaged with the community both on and off campus. At Rice, Ping has many roles. She serves as a member of the advisory board of Rice’s Shepherd School of Music and the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, and as honorary co-chair of Rice’s Baker Institute Roundtable. She has been a mentor for many students and is a frequent participant in campus events. She also hosts a luncheon series called “Something New for Lunch at Rice University,” which brings Rice faculty members together with civic leaders and Houston community.
Ping is a trustee of Texas Children's Hospital and a board member of the Asia Society Texas Center, and the United Way of Greater Houston. She also serves on the advisory board of Asian Chamber of Commerce, Chinese Community Center, Houston Arts Alliance, and the chair of the Mayor’s International Trade and Development Council for Asia/Australia. Ping is also the vice chair of the Association of American Universities Partners’ Group which features top 62 American universities (including two from Canada). Ping is also an advisor of EastWest Bank and a director of Era Group Inc. Ping is a graduate of Center for Houston’s Future Leadership Forum and is invited frequently as a speaker or panelist in various leadership summits and conferences, such as the Youth Leadership Forum and HISD’s Asian-American College and Career Day.
Key note Speakers
Gregory J. Vincent, Ph.D.
The University of Texas at Austin
Dr. Gregory J. Vincent has served as vice president for diversity and community engagement at The University of Texas at Austin for the last decade, pioneering new organizational models so that the award-winning Division of Diversity and Community Engagement could become one of the most comprehensive and innovative of its kind in higher education.
Since Dr. Vincent's appointment by President William Powers Jr. in 2005, the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement has grown to encompass a $50 million budget and more than 400 employees, 50 units, and 300 community partners.
A native of New York City, Dr. Vincent earned his bachelor's degree from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, his law degree from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, and his doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Vincent came to The University of Texas at Austin in 2005 as vice provost for inclusion and cross cultural effectiveness. He is currently a professor in the School of Law and a professor in the Department of Higher Education Administration, where he holds the W. K. Kellogg Professorship in Community College Leadership.
From 2003 to 2005, Dr. Vincent served as vice provost for institutional equity and diversity and law professor at the University of Oregon. From 1999 to 2003, Vincent served as vice provost for academic affairs and campus diversity and law professor at Louisiana State University. From 1995 to 1999, he served as assistant vice chancellor for Academic affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In Ohio, Dr. Vincent served as the assistant attorney general and successfully argued several major civil rights cases before the Ohio Supreme Court and was promoted to legal and regional affairs director for the Ohio Civil Rights Commission. He was also vice president and lead counsel for Bank One.
Board of Director
Shell Midstream Partners, L.P.
Peggy Montana retired as Chief Executive Officer in June 2015 and remains a member of the board of directors of Shell Midstream Partners, L.P.
Employed at Shell from 1977 until 2015, Ms. Montana served in various capacities in the downstream and midstream sector during her career. Ms. Montana became Executive Vice President, US Pipelines in January 2014. In this position, Peggy was instrumental in forming Shell’s MLP, Shell Midstream Partners, L.P. and bringing it public through an IPO on the NYSE.
Ms. Montana served as Executive Vice President, Supply & Distribution, from 2009 to 2014, where she was responsible for hydrocarbon supply to Shell’s worldwide fuels manufacturing and marketing businesses. Prior to 2009, Ms. Montana as Vice President, Supply USA, and then Vice President, Global Distribution, where she led Shell’s fuels terminal and distribution operations. In 2001, Ms. Montana became General Manager, Distribution for Shell’s Asia Pacific business based in Singapore and served on the board of Shell Pakistan Limited. Ms. Montana currently is a member of the board of directors of the Houston YMCA. She holds a bachelor of science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Missouri, Rolla.